MING, the horological collective based out of Kuala Lumpur, has just introduced a new case family with the release of the MING 37.05 MOONPHASE, which will also be the first watch produced by MING to have a date function. For past models, the brand has refused to add the popular date complication until just the right movement was identified. Now, having found the Sellita SW288, it was time to include a date window, as well as a moon phase function. The apertures for date and moon lie in the lower layer dial, which is metal, textured, and carries a midnight blue to black gradient reminiscent of the night sky. The seamless sapphire dial above carries the hour indices, which are laser etched and filled with HyCeram, as well as a central mask for the moon to mirror the peripheral ring forms. The dial is particularly striking as, according to MING, “It inverts completely from a seamless silver mirror to a solid blue-black with moon and date displays. The transition is gradual and most of the time, the watch presents a bit of both: a calm, reflective serenity above and a lot more visual texture below.”
The caseback reveals the skeletonized, matte-black, and anthracite-coated Sellita movement with a contrasting portion on the main train bridge in circular-brushed rhodium. The MING 37.05 MOONPHASE is fitted with a black barenia leather strap by Jean Rousseau Paris and will be one of the brand’s first watches to be offered on a keeperless buckle system that tucks the unused hole portion of the strap underneath the opposite end. By doing this, a given strap length works for a wider range of sizes because the unused portion effectively increases the diameter of smaller wrists. A total of 500 watches will be made and sold in two batches. The first batch of 150 watches was made available on November 25th for existing customers only. The balance of 350 pieces will be available to the general public today, November 26th.